Though football season may have ended, the band and color guard continue to press forward in their artistic endeavors. The color guard has begun competing over the winter to perfect their skills.
Winter guard is a fairly new program, and this is only its second year at the competition level. This year there are 16 members in the program.
“This competition season looks really great,” said senior captain Abby Garrett. “We’ve been placing high in our category and are super excited to see where the future takes us.”
The team is led by captains seniors Garrett and Hailey Bowser and head coach Samantha Meashey.
“Being a member of winter guard has taught me a lot about teamwork,” said Garrett. “We all have to participate and give 100 percent in order to do the best we can.”
Garret has been on the team since the group went competitive last year. Bowser has been a member of the group for three years, one year before the group started attending competitions.
“We may have lost three practices due to snow but everyone is extremely dedicated,” said Bowser. “We all just want to do our best and perform our hearts out.”
The group has competed well so far this season, placing first in a competition at Northeastern High School and second at one at Cumberland Valley High School.
“I am so proud to be one of their instructors,” said Meashey. “I can’t wait to see what they accomplish by the end of the season.”
A typical competition day consists of many hours of work to perfect their dance before performing. On average, there are three hours of prep time before even traveling to the competition.
“I enjoy [winter guard] a lot more than color guard because it’s just the color guard and the focus is on us,” said Bowser.
Much like a sports team, the winter guard holds practices weekly. They practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and sometimes on Saturdays in the South Lebanon Elementary gymnasium.
“The season has been going great so far,” said Meashey. “We started rehearsals in December and have been going strong ever since.”